Weekly Newsletter        |        February 24, 2016
In This Issue
Message from the BALIF Board 

Greetings, BALIF!
Thank you to all who celebrated with us at BALIF's 36th Annual Gala on Friday!  You are what make this organization shine, and nothing makes that more apparent than when we all gather together.  
As we move forward in 2016, we focus our attention on our 2016 goals.  Take a look.  See what piques your interest.  And let us know what ideas you have.  Our 2016 goals include: 
  1. Advocacy & Social Action.  With marriage affirmed, BALIF's priorities include expanding protections against LGBT discrimination in employment, housing, and beyond and expanding protections for transgender and gender non-conforming people, including in immigration and incarceration.  Our work on amicus briefs, resolutions to the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations ("CCBA"), the appointment of LGBT attorneys to public service and leadership (including the judiciary, public agencies, and public commissions), and with community service each contribute to these goals.  If you are interested in getting involved with one of these initiatives, please reach out to the Amicus, CCBA, Judiciary, and/or Social Action Committee Co-Chairs.
  2. Mentorship.  With fierce competition for legal employment in the new economy, mentorship within our community is more important than ever.  To get involved with the BALIF mentorship program, speed interviewing/resume review workshops, and/or career fairs and networking events, please reach out to the Law Student and Young Lawyers Committee Co-Chairs.
  3. Community.  Coming together for events (mentoring, social action, and social-like Friday's gala) is an important part of the BALIF fiber.  In coming together, we form friendships and partnerships that last a lifetime.  In that support, we build strength.  And with strength, we can help build authenticity and equality.  In 2016 we encourage you to consider applying for a micro-grant to facilitate community in an affinity group.  Affinity groups can be focused on specific geographic locations, common interests, and/or shared identities.  Please reach out to the Membership Committee Co-Chairs if you are interested in applying for a micro-grant.
See you soon!


Jessica Bogo
BALIF Co-Chair

BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
When: Wednesday, February 24, 2016; Tuesday, March 22, 2016; Friday, April 22, 2016; and Thursday, May 19, 2016

Time:  12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: San Francisco City Club (155 Sansome, 10th Floor)
What: Gourmet buffet lunch with other partners and firm owners
Cost: $40 payable by cash or check only
BALIF has created the BALIF Partner Exchange to bring together our members that are looking to network and exchange business and ideas.  This event is exclusively for BALIF members who are partners or owners of their firm with 7 years or more of experience. 
February's topic:  How do you plan to grow your firm?  Have you considered a lateral partner?  Do you use contract lawyers?  Do you hire new grads or only experienced attorneys?  What growth strategies have worked for you?  Any advice on what to avoid? 

I am always looking for topics so let me know if there is something you'd like to discuss at an upcoming luncheon.
Space is limited so only the first 11 to RSVP tojdupree@fddcm.com  may attend. 
RSVPs being accepted for Wednesday, February 24, 2016 only.

BALIF Endorses Sean SeLegue 
for the State Bar of California Board of Trustees
BALIF endorses Sean SeLegue of Arnold & Porter for the State 
Bar of California Board of Trustees. We encourage our 
membership to learn more about Sean here: 

Vote here:

If you need your PIN for voting, please email or call Michelle Pierce
at the State Bar (415.538.2053 / michelle.pierce@calbar.ca.gov) and provide Michelle with your member number.

2016- 2018 Public Interest Fellowship
Public Justice, a national public interest law firm dedicated to pursuing high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth's sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses, seeks to hire a law school graduate to serve as a Fellow for two years in either its Washington, D.C. headquarters or its Oakland, California office.  The Fellow will help develop and litigate Public Justice's cases.  The position will start in the fall of 2016. 

2016 HNBA LGBT Summit: 
"Defining a National Agenda for Leadership & Advocacy"
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Planet Hollywood
Las Vegas, Nevada
The LGBT Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association is proud to announce the first-ever HNBA LGBT Summit. The featured event will be a roundtable panel of national LGBT and Latino leaders on the current state of affairs of Latino/a LGBT rights, followed by an interactive workshop designed to help define a national agenda for leadership and advocacy among Latino/a LGBT legal professionals. We will also have panels on professional and leadership development, and on strategies for defending against new challenges to LGBT rights after the US Supreme Court's landmark Obergefell case establishing marriage equality. Our programming is designed to bring together and build a pipeline of LGBT Latino/a leaders nationwide.
We are honored that the National LGBT Bar will be our conference co-sponsor.

The LGBT Summit will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016-the day before the HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In attendance will be HNBA and National LGBT Bar members, LGBT Latino/a leaders, and our allies. The Summit will focus on assessing who we are as LGBT Latino/a professionals, what our needs are as a community, and what agenda we should pursue at the national level. It is open to all interested.

There is no additional fee, but registration will be required. Registration will go live early February 2016.

Questions? Contact Gonzalo Martinez, Chair, HNBA LGBT Division at gmartinez@cbmlaw.com.

ALRP Free 2016 MCLE Trainings
Wage & Hour Claims for People Living with HIV - Sponsored by the State Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Wednesday, March 9, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Lakeisha Poole, Esq. (lkplegal.com) & Asha Wilkerson (thewilkersonlawoffice.com)
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
Ellis Act Evictions
  • Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Raquel Fox, Esq. - Tenderloin Housing Clinic - thclinic.org
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
Employment Issues Facing Clients with HIV/AIDS - Sponsored by the State Bar's Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Wednesday, March 30, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Presented by Sonya Smallets, Esq. - Minnis & Smallets LLP - minnisandsmallets.com
  • 1.5 General CLE Credits
All Classes take place at:
Bar Association of San Francisco
301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor, Board Room
San Francisco, CA 94111
Call: 415-701-1200 ext. 303

Advising an Aging LGBTQ Population
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

It's been said that age is just a state of mind, but statistically speaking, LGBTQ people face some unique challenges as we grow older. Consider that two thirds of us don't have children. We are twice as likely to live alone and significantly more likely to be disconnected from our families of origin. And over the next 50 years, the number of people over 65 is expected to double. 
In this session, you'll learn more about the issues facing your aging clients, including: 
  • Long-term financial and estate planning
  • Recognizing signs of elder abuse or cognitive impairment
  • Long-term care and end-of-life preparations
Event is free. Lunch is provided.

Alex Austin
Austin Law Group has the pleasure of announcing that our firm is production counsel on the Academy Award nominated short documentary 'Last Day of Freedom' and founding attorney Alex Austin is also Co-Executive Producer of the film. You can view the film, by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, on Netflix. 
Reed Smith / Kaiser Permanente
1L Diversity Fellowship Program
The Reed Smith/Kaiser Permanente Diversity Fellowship Program provides an award in the amount of $5,000 and a 2016 summer associate position to a diverse, first-year law student who has demonstrated strong academic scholarship, dedication to community service and/or leadership, and an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The $5,000 will be awarded for the recipient's second year of law school and will be paid in addition to the summer associate salary. The successful candidate will spend seven weeks of the summer program at the Reed Smith San Francisco office and three weeks at Kaiser's Oakland office.

Download the application materials. The deadline for this year's application materials to be submitted is 5:00pm PST on
Friday, March 4, 2016.

Applications and program inquiries should be emailed to:

Jessica Sisco
Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting
Reed Smith LLP
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We Want Your BALIFBuzz

We all love that section in our alumni newsletters that talks about who's doing what.


Well, we're introducing the BALIFBuzz to show-off all the great things that our members are doing.  BALIFBuzz will be appearing in the weekly BALIF newsletter.   


New job?

New client?


Court victory?

Significant settlement?

Baby on the way?

Recently married or engaged?

Speaking engagement?

Award, recognition, certification, or degree?  

Or anything else you're excited about...


Keep it to one or two lines.  Please send to membership@balif.org.


Can't wait to hear your great news!


Meaghan Zore 

BALIF Membership Chair


Job Postings Now on BALIF Website

All job postings can be found here!  


BALIF membership must be current to view the job postings. Simply log into the BALIF website with your membership ID and password, and select JOBS from the menu on the left.

February 24- BALIF Partner Exchange Luncheon
April 14 - BALIF Annual Meeting & Elections Night
Our 2016-2017 Sponsors
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Advocate Level

Benefactor Level

Individual Sponsors

BALIF Board of Directors
Jessica Bogo & John Robert Unruh
Peter Catalanotti

Mario Choi

Denise Bergin 
Judiciary Chair

Nick Clements & 
David Sims
Gala Co-Chairs  


Meaghan Zore 

Julie Wilensky
Amicus Chair     

Jennifer Orthwein
Communications Chair 

Jamie Dupree
Programs Chair

Felicia Medina & Shauna Madison
Young Lawyers & Law Students Co-Chairs  

Brandon Lawrence & Daniel Faessler
Social Action Co-Chairs 

Dmitri Pikman
Lindsey Rosellini
Community Ambassador Chair  

Joseph Deignan, Alex Lemberg & Sam Potts
Katie Carlson
BALIF Administrator 
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